Kenya safaris

Resting in the magnificent Great Rift Valley and presided over by the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya is characterized by hauntingly beautiful natural landscapes of forested hills, patchwork farms, wooded savanna and vast forests brimming with an extraordinary abundance of wildlife. The nation’s diverse range of traditional African cultures is influenced by over 70 unique ethnic groups from the Maasai, Samburu, Kikuyu, and Turkana tribes to the Arabs and Indians that settled on the coast. Add to this: an exquisite tropical coastline fringed with breathtaking golden sand beaches; gorgeous coral gardens providing excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities; and a slew of lively beach resorts, and it is easy to see why so many visitors flock here from around the world to experience a truly unique African adventure in one of the world’s most pristine safari destinations.

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Immerse your self in the magic of the Maasai Mara as animals trek into Kenya’s finest reserve during the annual Great Migration and enjoy the tranquility of hot air ballooning over the sweeping landscape before landing on the savannah for a champagne breakfast.

Experience the raw wilderness of Laikipia while escorted by traditional Maasai or Samburu guides and view the amazing Black or white rhino.

Photograph some of Africa’s most iconic wild animals such as elephant and giraffe against the visually stunning backdrop of the majestic snow capped Mt Kilimanjaro in Amboseli National ParkOur

Our Lodge, Camp & Safari Classification

Our Safaris, Lodges and tented camps are classified as 1. Livingstone - Premium 2. Classic, 3. Heritage - Vintage and 4. Adventurer, based on facilities , food and service, and management. Please keep in mind that a lower level camp may actually provide you the best safari experience to fit your personal safari interests. Please also that, as with hotels , all accommodations have en suite flush toilets and hot and cold running water showers ,unless stated otherwise. - read more about Lodges & Camps in our safari travel planning section.

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CLASSIC

A deluxe lodge or tented camp, almost all with swimming pool, excellent food and service, large nicely appointed rooms and or tents with comfortable beds and tasteful decor: most of the lodges have air-conditioning and the tents are usually fan - cooled. Most lodges and camps may have a lounge , bar or restaurant.

Heritage

A Heritage lodge or tented camp with very good food and service, many of which have a swimming pool. The rooms and tents are of good size but perhaps not as large as CLASSIC properties. Most lodges and camps may have a lounge , bar or restaurant.

Livingstone - Premium

Our Livingstone - Premium lodges and camp are usually an extremely luxurious lodge, family villas or permanent tented camps (5 Star) with superb cuisine and excellent service, swimming pool and, many of them, with a private “plunge” pool for each chalet or tent. There are usually one or more restaurants, bar, lounges and room service and simply offer all the amenities of a 4-5 star international hotel. The Livingstone lodges and chalets are air-conditioned , while the tents may be air - conditioned or fan-cooled. There are some First Class mobile tented camps that offer en-suite bathrooms with showers and toilet.

Adventurer

Our Adventurist lodges and camps offer good food and service, most with fan cooled rooms. - Also in this category are mobile tented camps and for smaller groups. Some of these camps are seasonal. There are no restaurants or bars, lounges and dining is usually with the entire camp in a designated dining tent. Some mobile tent camps are remote and have limited or no wifi and cell phone connections.

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Nairobi - east africa’s logistics hub

Situated in along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya, the capital of Nairobi is East Africa's most cosmopolitan city. It serves as an excellent starting point for African safari trips around Kenya. Nairobi is Africa’s 4th largest city and is a vibrant and exciting place, and although it has developed a reputation which keeps tourist visits brief, there are some fascinating attractions: its cafe culture, unbridled nightlife, the National Museum, the Karen Blixen Museum and most notably just 20 minutes from the city centre wild lions and buffalo roam in the world’s only urban game reserve. Make sure you pay a visit to the elephant orphanage operated by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Maasai Mara - year round game viewing & the migration

The Maasai Mara together with Tanzania’s Serengeti form Africa’s most famous wildlife park, the Masai Mara National Reserve. The image of acacia trees dotting endless grass plains epitomises Africa for many, then add a Maasai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The undeniable highlight of the Masai Mara National Reserve is undoubtedly the annual wildebeest migration traversing the vast plains of the Serengeti and the Masai Mara. It is known as the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. Large prides of lions, elephants, giraffes, gazelles and eland can also be spotted in the reserve. Aside from horse riding safaris and traditional vehicle safaris, hot-air ballooning over the Mara plains has become almost essential.

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Meru

Situated east of Meru, in beautiful Kenya, Meru National Park is one of the most popular parks in Kenya. Covering over 800 square kilometres, this park is wild and beautiful featuring diverse scenery with lush swamplands, thick jungle, vast savannah, and no less than thirteen rivers. Game to view includes some of the less regularly sighted animals like oryx, lesser kudu, duiker, dik-dik and over 300 species of birds have been recorded. It is here that Else the famous lion from the book and movie ‘Born Free’ lived out the latter part of her life and is buried. Visitors can soak up the spectacular views of Mount Kenya, spot game along the Tana River and view the cascading Adamson’s Falls.

Laikipia plateau - outstanding lodges & private reserves

Sandwiched between Mount Kenya and the northern deserts, Laikipia is where Kenya’s wild and semi-arid northern frontier country begins. The region is made up of privately owned and community ranches centered around the Laikipia National Reserve. Known as one of Kenya’s best safari areas, the high plains of Laikipia feature vast open stretches of African savanna scattered with abundant game including: Grevy’s zebras, black rhino, lion, leopard, wild dogs, buffalo and thousands of elephants. Visitors can enjoy a luxury safari experience at a private lodge or stay in the worthwhile community-run lodges which support the local Samburu and Ilaikipiak and Mokogodo Maasai communities.

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Chyulu Hills

Sandwiched between the Tsavo West National Park and Amboseli National Park, the Chyulu Hills National Park protects an important water catchment area. This unique habitat features vast grass plains, forested rolling hills and rugged volcanic cones and craters set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro. Visitors can look for to a wide selection of exciting activities including camping, mountain climbing, horse riding, and excellent bird watching. Commonly spotted wildlife include: elephant, bushbuck, eland, leopard, bush pig, reedbuck, buffalo and giraffe. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the longest lava tube in the world.

Lewa Conservancy

Spanning over thousands of hectares of vast open savannah grasslands in northern Kenya, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is home to the world’s largest population of Grevy’s zebra. Renowned as a pioneer and leader in responsible tourism, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy actively advances and develops community engagement and wildlife conservation. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and serves as an important sanctuary for a large selection of wildlife including the endangered black rhino as well as the white rhino. Lewa offers visitors the opportunity to have close encounters with these prehistoric creatures against an unspoilt backdrop, making it one Kenya’s top game-viewing destinations. Boasting one of the highest wildlife densities in Kenya, the park is also inhabited by elephants, lions, buffalo, wild dogs, giraffes, cheetahs, and over 400 bird species.

Mombasa & Kenya’s Beaches

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Amboseli National Park -

Best View of Mt Kilimanjaro

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Mt Kenya & Central Highlands -

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Lake Nakuru -

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